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Comment: Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (Score 1) 362

by rpstrong (#47026491) Attached to: Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

And gullwing doors? That's like the Rolex of doors, isn't it -- all form and no function? Unless I get bonus points for every cyclist I decapitate with them, where's the benefit?

They (at least Tesla's) can be opened with only "inches" of clearance. That is, the jerk who did his best to box you in with his old Maverick is foiled - at least this time.

Also, they appear to be safer (when fully opened) for cyclists. Instead of hitting an unyielding door, they plow into the emerging driver.

Comment: Re:He probably only needs 640K in his computer, to (Score 1) 362

by rpstrong (#47026441) Attached to: Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

What, no ".../NASA" ?

I attended SpaceShipOne' first successful space flight. SS1 was being towed up and down past the crowd after the flight. A spectator nearby was holding up a sign that I couldn't quite see. Burt Rutan (who was riding on the tailgate of the pickup towing SS1) saw it, and ran over to grab it. He handed it up to test pilot/astronaut Mike Melvill to display for all. It simply read:


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Comment: Re:In the navy (Score 1) 249

by rpstrong (#47000457) Attached to: US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

The 300 titles were selected from over 100K already approved titles in the Navy's general digital library.

OTOH, collections are curated - from the BBC article:

"[There will be] five per submarine, with a total of 355 for the submarine force. Eventually, we will send NeRDs to all vessels in the active fleet - it will take time as each collection will be tailored for specific audiences," Ms Moffitt told the BBC.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 127

by rpstrong (#46802077) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

I'm a little bummed about this. My first reaction was, "Oh, cool. This is just like the idea I had a few days ago." Then, I realized they're trying to do it from a single photo instead of taking advantage of the camera hardware to obtain actual depth info.

Read the cited blog:

"Instead of capturing a single photo, you move the camera in an upward sweep to capture a whole series of frames."

The 3-D effect comes from comparing the frames.

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